Another Republican is joining the crowded race for New Hampshire’s First Congressional District seat.
Hampton Falls businessman Bruce Crochetiere is selling himself to voters as a candidate who is “not even close” to being a politician.
“We don’t need to just promote another politician. We need a fresh voice from an outsider, a completely different kind of leadership,” Crochetiere says in a campaign video.
“Someone who knows how to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Someone who knows how to create jobs, lower taxes and fight the horrible opioid epidemic plaguing our state.”
Crochetiere is the founder and chairman of Focus Technology Solutions, an IT company with locations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
On his campaign website, Crochetiere says that as a cancer survivor and local business owner, he sees serving in Congress as a way to give back.
Over the past few weeks, Crochetiere’s name had popped up as a potential candidate, but his official announcement Tuesday means there are now 11 people running to replace retiring Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter.
There are eight Democrats running and Crochetiere will face two Republicans in the primary: State Senator Andy Sanborn and former South Hampton Police Chief Eddie Edwards.